Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars: Episode VII will have a new screenwriting team. According to the official announcement, Michael Arndt has been replaced by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Disney's highly anticipated Star Wars sequel is set to open in theaters across the United States in 2015.
Kasdan co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The 64-year-old writer/director also wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In 2007, Arndt won an Oscar Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Little Miss Sunshine).
I wish they would add Damon Lindelof to the writing team too. J.J. Abrams has said before he would do anything with him, and Lindelof is a massive Star Wars fans. It seems like adding him into the mix would be a good fit too.
Sad that Michael Arndt is out but happy that J.J. and Larry Kasdan are in. I'm going to guess it was either Arndt's work is done on the script or it was the whole creative differences thing that lead to him leaving.
Ah Star Wars, you can count on that topic to reel in the trolls, as shown in almost every comment being down voted. But I'm strangely optimistic about these new movies. Hell, it's Star Wars, done with the visual style of JJ Abrams, lens flares and all, and one of the writers of ESB. What more can you ask for.
Amazing how desperate nearly every outlet is to spin this news negatively. Arndt wasn't hired for a years worth of work just for them to toss his script out. He'll likely share story credit with Lucas (whose treatments for Episodes VII, VIII and IX were a big part of the deal with Disney). Abrams did a fine job with Super 8, which he wrote alone, and which concerned adolescents, as Episode VII is likely to do. And idiots still whinging about lens flare? Was anyone complaining about flares after they saw Die Hard or Blade Runner?
Kasdan is great. Just keep Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman well away. Also Damon Lindelof was also the one responsible for the controversial "Carol Marcus in her underwear" scene in Star Trek Into Darkness.
It's a good thing that the writer of Prometheus didn't get involved. Especially since that film turned out so poorly. If nothing else, this should give Star Wars VII a more classical feel like the Original Trilogy.
Not exactly. Scott is a big part of Prometheus was such a poor film, but so is Lindelof. It was Lindelof's idea to make it based around theology, and it was his input that led them to believe it would make a great franchise. What we got as a result of this was, taking a good script and turning it into a hole-riddled very vague idea.
When the result turned out the way it did, Lindelof jumped ship and now they don't really know in which direction to take the franchise. He really isn't a great writer. Basically everything he's touched without being able to lean on JJ Abrams, has turned out to be poorly written. World War Z was a disaster (again not only his fault, but partly).